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DEVELOPING: Stacey Scott says Senator Soles pounded him with a pipe and held gun to his head

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video A former client of R.C. Soles claims the former senator beat and threatened him early this morning. Scott said Soles dropped him off at the Welcome Center, put a gun to Scott's head and said, "If you tell anyone about this, I will blow your f****** head off." Full story...
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Tabor City Police also investigating another disturbance at Soles's house Thursday night

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I approached the vehicle and Frankie Jernigan and his wife, Danielle Jernigan were walking toward me from RC's driveway. Frankie said that RC Soles had called him by phone and told him to meet him at his residence, but they were out of gas and were unable to leave. Moments later, RC arrived and said he had not invited Frankie to his residence and that Frankie was not welcome there. Full story...
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Judge dismisses evidence in Strickland's arson case

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videoThe arson case involving a teen with ties to former Sen. R.C. Soles is taking an Easter break. Before recessing for the weekend today, the judge ruled on evidence in the trial of Allen "Frog" Strickland that could have a big impact on the case. Full story...
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Handler and K-9 testify in Strickland arson trial

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video On the third day of trial prosecutors called up special agents Wednesday with the State Bureau of Investigation in the arson case against Allen "Frog" Strickland. The teen is accused of burning his own home in an attempt to collect money from his insurance. Full story...
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Testimony starts in Strickland's arson trial

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video The jury has been seated, and today the first witnesses took the stand in the arson case of Allen "Frog" Strickland. The teen is a former client and friend of former state Sen. R.C. Soles. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Jurors seated in Strickland's arson trial

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videoWWAY was the only TV station in the courtroom today as Allen "Frog" Strickland went to trial accused of setting fire in 2009 to the house Sen. R.C. Soles bought for him. Full story...
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Grand jury returns presentment in Chadbourn town manager investigation

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A Columbus County Grand jury has asked for another step in the investigation of Chadbourn's town manager. Full story...
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Whiteville fight mom case delayed

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Aneshia Cartret was scheduled for court in Whiteville Tuesday morning but her case has now been moved to June 14. An attorney representing Cartret asked that the mom's case be continued for another date; the court granted the request. Full story...
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Town manager's impersonation case continued

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The impersonation case of Chadbourn Town Manager Stevie Cox has been continued to June 6. Cox was scheduled for court Tuesday at the Columbus County Courthouse. Cox was not present but his attorney asked the court to continue the case to a later date. Full story...
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Fake crash makes a real impact

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Students at Whiteville High got a dose of reality Monday as they watched one of their classmates die in a car accident. The car crash was only pretend, but it made a real impression. Full story...
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Job seekers get their career lives in shape at bootcamp

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video Although some say the recession is over, many across the nation and in southeastern North Carolina are still without jobs. Full story...
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Frog out of jail on $500,000 bond; Teary Soles wishes him well

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video A judge today set a $500,000 bond for Allen "Frog" Strickland, the Columbus County teen accused of vandalizing the law office and home of Sen. R.C. Soles over the weekend among other offenses. Within 90 minutes of the hearing ending, Strickland was already out of the Columbus County jail, according to a booking officer, who said a local bail bond company posted the bond. Full story...
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Whiteville celebrates 200th birthday

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It's a celebration 200 years in the making. Today Whiteville residents got together to celebrate the town's bicentennial. Full story...
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"Frog" back in hot water; May face $1 million bond like Wright

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video One of the men at the center of the R.C. Soles saga is back in hot water. Allen "Frog" Strickland is accused of vandalizing the former senators home and law office. This time around, though, Strickland may not be able to get out of jail so easily. Full story...
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Whiteville cashes in on show business

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It was lights, camera, action today in Columbus County. The cast and crew of the movie "Hick" set up to film in historic downtown Whiteville. Full story...
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